The parish of Manchester now has a diagnostic and care centre, which will cater to the special learning needs of children with autism and cognitive challenges.The Educational Assessment and Resource Centre, located on the grounds of Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, was built by the Government at a cost of $35 million.It boosts two play and learning rooms, observation room, a nurses’ station, an administrative section, as well as lunchroom, bathrooms, offices and laboratories.On staff are a special educational psychologist, a clinical psychologist, and special education teachers. The spacious two-storey structure will open to the public on March 11.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon Ruel Reid, said that the establishment of the centre is in keeping with Government’s focus on ensuring that the education system is inclusive and enables students to maximise their full potential. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, delivers the keynote address at the opening of the Educational Assessment and Resource Centre at the Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, Manchester, on February 19. The Educational Assessment and Resource Centre, located on the grounds of Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, was built by the Government at a cost of $35 million. Story Highlights The parish of Manchester now has a diagnostic and care centre, which will cater to the special learning needs of children with autism and cognitive challenges. “We are going to use the diagnostic centre to make sure that no child is left behind in the region,” he said, noting that it will customise learning through the use of technology.He was delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the centre on February 19.Senator Reid said that global figures indicate that one in every 10 students is likely to have severe special needs.He noted further there are persons with mild autism, who go undetected. “Indeed, one in every 42 boys is autistic and one in every 167 girls is autistic. Autism is on a spectrum of mild to severe. Some of the challenges faced in the classroom are because this goes undetected,” he said.The Education Minister said that in addition to establishing assessment and diagnostic centres, increased focus will be placed on an early stimulation/intervention strategy that addresses needs during the first 1,000 days of the child’s life.The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that the period spanning between conception and one’s second birthday is when the foundations of optimum health, growth and neurodevelopment across the lifespan are established.“Learning begins from conception because the first 1,000 days from conception to age two is a key age; two is the highest point of their cognitive neurological development (brain capacity)” Minister Reid added.In his remarks, Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President, Dr. Garth Anderson, said the body has been advocating for the early assessment of students entering the education system at the early-childhood level for the purpose of developing a learning profile and targeted intervention.Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President, Dr. Garth Anderson, addresses the official opening of the Educational Assessment and Resource Centre at Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, Manchester, on February 19. It boosts two play and learning rooms, observation room, a nurses’ station, an administrative section, as well as lunchroom, bathrooms, offices and laboratories. Dr. Anderson, who is also Principal of Church Teachers’ College, urged that the diagnostic centre be fully utilised to “fulfil its mission of not only assessing students but to also be effective in changing the way in which we do teaching and learning”.
zoom NYSE-listed dry bulk shipping company Scorpio Bulkers has received a nod from its Board of Directors to repurchase up to USD 50 million of its common stock.The shares would be repurchased in open market or through privately negotiated transactions.“The specific timing and amounts of the repurchases, will be in the sole discretion of management and may vary based on market conditions and other factors,” Scorpio Bulkers said, adding that it is not obligated under the terms of the program to repurchase any of its common stock.The share repurchase authorization has no expiration date.Scorpio Bulkers owns 46 vessels, consisting of 18 Kamsarmax and 26 Ultramax ships. The owned fleet will have a total carrying capacity of around 3.2 million deadweight tonnes.
[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ice and easy profit last night with the recommended win bet on West Ham against Newcastle.As much as I have been impressed with Man City in the Premier League this season I’m not getting too carried away as the main story has surely been the abject form and consistency from their rivals? Notably, Chelsea of course.That said, they will relish the chance to take on last year’s finalists Juventus tonight at the Etihad as the two teams couldn’t be in more contrasting form heading into the first match of the Champions League Group phase.The Sky Blues are sky high and unbeaten in the Premier League but Juventus have made their worst ever start to a Serie A campaign with just one point from three matches.Man City will be without striker Sergio Aguero will after he injured his knee during City’s 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday.Manuel Pellegrini’s options are boosted though as Raheem Sterling has recovered from a hamstring problem and David Silva is available after ankle trouble.City haven’t always converted their domestic form to the Champions League (fifth Champions League campaign but never progressed past the last 16) but are surely well placed tonight to get the Group phase off to a winning start which they may well need to as Group D looks one of the tougher groups.Man City v JuventusUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HD / BT Sport Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Dec 2010 EUROPA LEAGUE Juventus 1-1 Man CitySep 2010 EUROPA LEAGUE Man City 1-1 JuventusSep 1976 UEFA CUP Juventus 2-0 Man CitySep 1976 UEFA CUP Man City 1-0 JuventusAt face value, City at 4/5 with Star Sports looks a little short and under normal circumstances I would think that – but there’s a big discrepancy in current form and that sways me to keeping it simple with a win bet on City.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK MAN CITY for 10 points at 4/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 205.36 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321